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The Open Window by Saki
Transcript of The Open Window by Saki
leaves the window open because she is waiting for
her husband and brothers to come home, even
though they are dead, but are they really dead?
"In the twilight, three figures were walking across the lawn towards the window."
Foil~ Mr. Nuttel and Vera's stand out because they have opposite personalities. Vera is loud and not afraid to speak her mind, she picks on Mr. Nuttlel because she knows he is nervous. While Mr. Nuttel is a quite, nervous little old man.
"My aunt will be down soon, Mr. Nuttel," said a very
self-possessed young lady of fifteen.
"Privately, he doubted more than ever whether these formal visits on total strangers would do much towards helping the nerve cure which he was supposed to be undergoing." Main Conflict The Open Window takes place in Mrs. Sappleton's house on the country side.
The story is probably set in around the 1800's
"When they were crossing the marsh to their favorite shooting ground, they were all swallowed up in the swamp."
"He rushed toward the hall door, and ran down the gravel driveway. A cyclist coming along the road had to run into the hedge to avoid hitting him." Point of View The point of view of this story is 3rd person limited. The story does not use "I" and, you only know the thoughts of Mr. Nuttel so it is limited and not omniscient. Plot Exposition The exposition of this story is when you meet the characters Mr. Nuttel and Vera and learn the setting Mrs. Sappelton's house. Vera: Vera is a very confident, young lady. She has a crude, ironical sense of humor. For example, that is shown when she was telling Mr. Nuttel her story of how Mrs. Sappleton's husband and brothers disappeared through the window. She is also very manipulative (convincing), clever, creative, and is a quick thinker as she comes up with her story once she notices Mr. Nuttel is a nervous man and doesn't know much about Mrs. Sappleton. Framton Nuttel "...said a very self-possessed lady of fifteen." "You may wonder why we keep that window wide open on an October afternoon, " said the niece, pointing to a large French window that opened onto a lawn. Framton is the exact opposite of Vera. While she is very confident and will speak her mind, Mr. Nuttel is a character suffering from nervous problems who is timid and shy. Since he believed Vera's story, you can tell he's also very gullible and deceived easily. A characteristic that is helpful is his observant eye, as he sees many things that explain Mrs. Sappleton's life. "...would do much towards his nerve cure which he was supposed to be undergoing." "Something about the room seemed to suggest that a man lived there as well, or used to live there." "The child was staring out the window with dazed horror in her eyes. In a shock of fear, Framton swung round in his seat and looked in the same direction." Rising Action The rising action of this story is when Vera tells Mr. Nuttel the story of the open window. Climax The climax of this story is when Mrs. Sappleton's supposedly dead husband returns from hunting and Mr. Nuttel sees him. Falling Action The falling action of this story is when Mr. Nuttel sees the "ghost" and runs out of the house because he is afraid. Resolution The resolution of this story is when you find out Vera was lying about the story the whole time and the husband is not a ghost because she says that he is afraid of the dog that was with the husband. "Framton Nuttel tried to say the correct thing to the niece while they waited for the aunt to come." "Framton wondered weather Mrs. Sappleton, the lady to whom he was presenting one of the letters of introduction, was in the nice division."